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ka (“the”) + wena (“glow”). Made famous by Mary Kawena Pukui, whose name was shortened from Kawenaʻulaokalaniahiʻiakaikapoliopelekawahineʻaihonua "The rosy glow of the sky of Hiʻiaka in the bosom of Pele, the earth-eating woman."
- A female given name.
- Mary Kawena Pukui, Nānā I Ke Kumu, Hui Hanai 1972, Vol. 1, pages 95-96.
- Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records The name does not appear in 19th century marriage records.
- Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names by State: included in the top hundred first names for girls born in the State of Hawaii in 2005.